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Fairfield Ludlowe boys basketball holds off Wilton

Updated 3:14 pm, Thursday, December 20, 2012
  • Fairfield Ludlowe's Connor Peterson shoots a free throw during the Falcons' 52-50 win over Wilton on Tuesday. Photo: Contributed Photo
    Fairfield Ludlowe's Connor Peterson shoots a free throw during the Falcons' 52-50 win over Wilton on Tuesday. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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A 24-11 run over nine minutes was only enough for the Fairfield Ludlowe boys basketball team to draw even at halftime of its game Tuesday against Wilton.

When the Warriors pulled ahead by four in the fourth quarter's opening-stages seemed like more than the weary Falcons could overcome.

But Connor Peterson and Patrick Gutierrez proved otherwise, combining for 38 points in Ludlowe's 52-50 win over the Warriors.

"I think we played really hard," Peterson said. "We showed our toughness and resilience."

Peterson added eight rebounds as Ludlowe improved to 2-1.

Wilton's Eric Houska led the Warriors with 14 points and five rebounds. Wilton fell to 0-2.

"They're a very good team," Ludlowe coach Brian Silvestro said of Wilton. "I think we're similar teams."

Wilton led 38-36 after three quarters, and Max Maudley's runner lifted the Warriors' advantage to 40-36 with just 7:08 left.

"They're very hard to defend," Silvestro said.

But the Falcons answered with a 10-0 fourth-quarter run to take the lead for good. Danny Santella's layup gave Ludlowe a two-point advantage, and Gutierrez's 3-pointer from the wing lifted Ludlowe's lead to 45-40 with 3:18 left.

"We definitely needed it," Gutierrez said.

Ludlowe's zone-defense was no-match for Houska's torrid shooting early, as the junior guard burned Ludlowe with 11 first-quarter points.

"I don't think zone is the answer with them," Silvestro said. "It didn't take long to figure that out."

Houska hit three first-quarter 3-pointers as the Warriors built a 17-4 lead. Wilton also controlled the glass, out-rebounding Ludlowe 11-8 in the first half.

Ludlowe, which played the night before against St. Joseph, bounced back in the second. Keyed by Gutierrez's eight second-quarter points and strong defense, the Falcons outscored Wilton 18-9.

"We got a little more comfortable on offense," Peterson said. "Defensively, we were guarding their guys a lot better."

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WILTON 19 9 10 12-- 50

LUDLOWE 10 18 8 16-- 52

Wilton 0-2

Eric Houska 5 1-2 14 Max Maudley 5 0-0 10 Olandi LeGrand 2 0-0 4 Weston Wilbur 2 0-0 4 Chris Curtis 3 0-0 9 Zach Laurinaitis 2 0-0 4 Matt Shifrin 2 0-0 5 Totals 21 1-2 50.

Ludlowe 2-1

Danny Santella 1 1-4 3 Owen Mockler 1 0-0 3 Matthew Doyle 0 0-0 0 Darren Lee 1 0-0 2 Chad Peterson 0 0-0 0 Mark Malone 1 2-3 4 Patrick Gutierrez 6 2-5 17 Stephen Scholz 1 0-0 2 Connor Peterson 6 9-13 21 Totals 17 14-25 52.

3-pointers: Wilton 7 (Hauska 3, Curtis 3, Shifrin); Ludlowe 4 (Peterson 3, Mockler); Technical Fouls: W-- Wilbur.

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